Friday, 12 March 2010


Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Phil Davis of Long Buckby Historical Society for sharing his knowledge of our house and its prior owners and for the wonderful photographs he has provided me with, also to Denise my friend in the US who e-mailed Phil to see what he might know as a surprise for me.

Our little house has quite a history as the bike shop within our village and it was in the same family for nearly 70 something years. The thought is that the property was originally a shoe workshop, Northampton is known as a boot and shoe town and lots of little cottage industries were set up from homes in the villages. This is a  pictures from the early part of the 20th century which show a row of cottages and the pub, sadly pulled down, and it is now the area where we park our car.

William (Billy) Blincow took over the premises and lived there with his wife and two children Gladys and Len and started up the bicycle repair shop. This was at a time when cycling was at its heyday and people would take their bikes and cycle for miles out into the countryside. The shop sold all kinds of accessories and bits and pieces for bikes and if they should have the bad luck to get a puncture William would repair it for them. When William died the business passed to his son and he and his wife continued with the business until his death in the early 1970’s. I have been told by men who were boys in the village when the shop was still in operation that Len would repair a puncture for 50p.......
This postcard picture dates from the 1950's and the sign on the
side of the house is now in pride of place in the Community Centre.  The little boy in the picture looks a lot like my husband did when he was a child, he had a three wheel trike which he used to ride and by all accounts use as an acrobatic prop, hence the broken nose when he hit a lampost going around the corner on two wheels.....
Finally who could resist this little one, this shows one of Williams children posing by a bicycle and was an advert used for the shop.  I am definitely going to frame that and put it on my wall.

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